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Elephants: one trampled in Dumka, road blocked for hours in Ramgarh

Ranchi: In continution of man-animal conflcit menace in Jharkhand, a wild elephant trampled a middle aged person in Dumka district on Tuesday while another herd of 9 pachyderms held hostage a road in Ramgarh district for more than three hours sending everyone into tizzy. The deceased has been identified as V Mandal hailing from Sarsabad village, said sources in Dumka.

The ‘killer tusker’ is said to have entered Dumka from adjoining Jamtara district and is accused of mowing down several persons in the past. It was found moving in Maharo falling on Dumka and Bhagalpur road in the morning. Mandal died when the locals attempted to chase the jumbo from the area. 

In another incident, miles away from Dumka, in Ramgarh neighbouring Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, a herd of 9 elephants blocked a load leading to famed Rajrappa temple for more than three hours causing panic among people in the area.

Ramgarh divisional forest officer (DFO) Ved Prakash Kambhoj talking to local reporters said that they have pressed in a special task force to divert the elephants to forests and keep track on its movement.